August 7, 2013 by Minuteman Trucks
Cleaning the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is a necessary job to keep heavy-duty trucks on the road. The DPF is designed to remove the diesel particulate matter and soot from the exhaust of your truck. The ash that is left behind in the filter eventually builds up and reduces the effectiveness, thus requiring filter cleaning. Here are 5 tips to follow to ensure that your DPF is continually doing it’s job:
- Most heavy-duty DPFs require cleaning every 200,000 to 250,000 miles.
- Effectively cleaning a DPF increases the life of the filter, keeps the engine running smooth and minimizes future breakdown risks.
- A DPF must operate at 100 percent to be effective. If your DPF is damaged or not operating correctly, it must be replaced.
- DPFs should be “inspected and verified suitable for re-use” before cleaning. A well-kept DPF can last through several cleanings.
- Inadequate cleaning and maintenance of the DPF can lead to more frequent system regenerations, which may lead to shortened life of the DPF as well as the after treatment system as a whole.
Overall, it pays to maintain your DPF and have it cleaned properly. To learn more about the cleaning process check out this article in Successful Dealer.
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